Ombalantu baobab tree

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The Ombalantu baobab tree, known also as a Tree of Life or Omukwa waaMbalantu, is a giant baobab tree of the species Adansonia digitata, situated in Outapi in the north of Namibia on the Main Road 123 from Tsandi. It is 28 metres (92 ft) tall, 26.5 metres (87 ft) in circumference, and estimated to be 800 years old.[1]

The tree trunk has a door going into it and can accommodate about 35 people. It has served as a chapel, post office, house, and a hiding site during various stages of Namibian history. Today the tree is a tourist attraction, known under the name Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Site. Since December 2004[2] the site features a display of its history and role in the Owambo community, as well as the history of the Namibian struggle for independence.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bause, Tanja (31 August 2010). "Namibia: History of the Ombalantu Baobab Tree". The Namibian. 
  2. ^ Amukwaya, Yvonne (21 August 2014). "The Baoba tree, Outapi's gold mine". The Namibian. Focus on the North supplement, page 7. 
  3. ^ "North (Omusati): Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Centre and Campsite". Namibia Travel Online. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

Coordinates: 17°30′43″S 14°59′16″E / 17.51194°S 14.98778°E / -17.51194; 14.98778